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1985
In Dallas the three 18-story building complex named the Crescent was completed. The architects were Philip Johnson and John Burgee.
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1986
Merritt Sher opened what many consider to be the first power center: 280 Metro Center, in Colma, Calif.
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1986
Artist Lowell Darling ("If you don't like the news, make the news." 1968) made his video "Hollywood Architecture." It was later dubbed "Hollywood Blank Verse" by Larry Hagman who did part of the narration.
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1986
Lazar Khidekel (b.1904), Russian artist and architect, died. He sustained a radical utopian vision and avant-garde aesthetic during decades of Soviet control of cultural production.
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1987
The Menil Museum in Houston, Texas, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, was completed.
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1987
In Boston the 46 floor Tower One of the International Place was completed. The 35 floor Tower Two was completed in 1992. The architects were Philip Johnson and John Burgee.
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1988 Nov 22
Louis Barragan (b.1902), considered the most important Mexican architect of the 20th century, died in Mexico City. A 1996 book: "Barragan: The Complete Works" focuses on 119 works and projects.
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1988
Sarah Holmes Boutelle (d.1999 at 90) published her biography "Julia Morgan, Architect." The book won a California Book Award Silver medal the following year.
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1988
In Oklahoma City the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, designed by I.M. Pei, was built. The 224-foot long steel and acrylic cylinder stood 7-stories.
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1989 Oct 17
The SF Marriott Marquis Hotel opened at 780 Mission St. The Olympia & York Real Estate Dev. Co. opened the 1,500 room Marriott, which was quickly dubbed the Jukebox Marriott for its garish design by Daniel Mann Johnson & Mendenhall.
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1989
In Chicago the AT&T Corporate Center was completed. The 60-story building was designed by architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
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1989
In San Francisco a 6-story office building at 200 California was built by Home Savings of America and featured a clock tower at the top. Plans in 2014 called for the removal of the clock tower and recoloring the red sandstone to two shades of beige.
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1989
Frank Gehry (60) was awarded architecture’s Nobel, the Pritzker Prize.
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1990
In Des Moines the 39-floor SunAmerica Center was completed. The architects were Johnson Fein and Pereira Assoc.
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1990
In Los Angeles the 44-story 801 Grand was completed. The architects were Helmuth, Obata & Kassabaum.
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1990
The Pritzker Int’l. Prize for Architecture was awarded to Aldo Rossi (d.1997) of Italy. He had designed the World Theater in Venice and the Museum of Maastricht in the Netherlands.
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1990
Chicago’s 50-story tower at 181 W. Madison St. was built. It was designed by Cesar Pelli. Murals by Frank Stella decorated the lobby.
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1991 Feb 11
Oscar Nitzchke (90), German architect, died in Paris. His buildings included the UN headquarters in New York, the Los Angeles Opera House.
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1991
The American Institute of Architects selected Chicago as number one in architectural quality and innovation.
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1991
In San Francisco the 3-story, block-long building at 185 Berry St. was designed by architect Jorge de Quesada. In 2008 a stories were added on top.
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1992 Aug 10
Sixto Duran Ballen (b.1921), US-born architect, began serving as president of Ecuador. His term lasted to 1996.
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1992
In Britain Prince Charles founded the London-based Institute of Architecture.
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1993 Apr 4
Alfred Mosher Butts (b.1899), US architect and inventor of the Scrabble game, died.
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1993
In Las Vegas the Luxor, Treasure Island, and MGM Grand casino-hotels were completed.
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1993
Swiss architect Peter Zumthor won the “Topography of Terror” design competition for the Wilhelmstrasse government district, former headquarters of the Nazi police forces. By 2000 the $13 million project had escalated to $35 million and was put on hold.
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1994 Oct 24
John Lautner (b.1911), American modernist architect, died. In 1999 Alan Hess authored "The Architecture of John Lautner." Lautner’s houses included Chemosphere (1960) at 7776 Torreyson Dr., LA, Ca. His Rawlins residence is located on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, Ca.


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1994
The 52-story Shinjuku Park Tower in Tokyo, Japan, was completed. It was designed by Kenzo Tenge and built for the Tokyo Gas Urban Development Company.
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1995 Jan 18
The new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, opened. It’s cost is $63 million and it’s size is 225,000 sq. ft.
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1996 Apr 18
Piet Hein (80), Danish architect, poet, mathematician, inventor, died.
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1996
Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art opened on Chicago Ave. It was designed by Josef Paul Kleihues (d.2004), German-born architect. The Kleihues theory of “poetic rationalism” described a style that sought to reinvent the way cities were designed and enrich the functionalist trend of late-modern architecture.
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1997 May 16
The new 60-story, Commerzbank in Frankfurt, Germany, by English architect Sir Norman Foster opened.
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1997 Oct 19
In Bilbao, Spain, the new Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was scheduled to open. The 256,000 sq. ft. titanium, limestone and glass structure was designed by American architect Frank Gehry and funded entirely by the Basque regional government under the direction of Thomas Krens, director of the Guggenheim.
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1997 Dec 16
Originally scheduled for a Fall opening. The new $1 billion Getty Center was designed by Richard Meier and opened at the 25-acre site in Brentwood, Ca. It will include a 750,000 volume library, auditorium and exhibition space. The 110-acre arts and cultural campus was being built in the Santa Monica Mountains above west Los Angeles. The old Museum, a villa in Malibu, will be renovated and reopened in 2001 with one of its current 7 collections of Greek and Roman antiquities.
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1997 Dec 28
James Lees-Milne (b.1908), British biographer, architectural historian and watercolorist, died. His work included a biography of British politician Harold Nicolson. In 2001 Milne’s "Deep Romantic Chasm: Diaries 1979-1981" was published. The final installment of his diaries, The Milk of Paradise,” was published in 2006. In 2009 Michael Bloch authored “James Lees-Milne: The Life.”
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1997
Janine Benyus authored “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.” She became one of the 1st to describe eco-friendly design ideas.
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1998 Feb 22
In Rio de Janeiro the Palace II, built by Sergio Naya, collapsed during Carnival and 8 people were crushed. The building was built by a construction company owned by federal deputy Sergio Naya of the Brazilian Progress Party. Faulty construction was uncovered.
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1998 Apr 19
Renzo Piano, Italian architect, won this year’s Pritzker Architectural Prize. His work included the 1978 Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, The Beyeler Foundation Museum in Basel, The Cy Twombly Gallery at the Menil Collection museum in Houston, and the Kansai Air Terminal in Osaka Bay.
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1998 Apr 21
Skydivers from Malaysia parachuted the national car, the Proton Wira sedan, onto the North Pole this week.
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1998 Apr 29
In England it was reported that Nicholas van Hoogstraten was building the largest and most expensive house of the century in Sussex, named Hamilton Place at a cost of $50 million. The palace was to include a gallery for his French furniture and a mausoleum for his future.
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1998 May
In Finland the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Steven Holl, opened in Helsinki. The name was taken after the Greek word for intersection, the x shape of the letter chi, and meant it to stand for a synthesis of building and landscape.
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1998 Jun 17
The Pritzker Architecture Prize was awarded to Italian architect Renzo Piano (60).
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1998 Nov
The $59 mil Tech Museum of Innovations was scheduled to open in San Jose. It was designed by Ricardo Legoretta.
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1998
At Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, Md., a new $30 million building was constructed for the Defense Information School. The Pentagon now sends 3,500 military journalists there each year for training following consolidation of military journalism schools in Colorado, Indiana and Florida.
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1998
In China the world’s tallest building, the Shanghai Financial Center (1,508 ft, or 460 meters), was scheduled to begin construction.
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1998
The 1,476-foot [1483, 1,491] Petronas Towers were completed in Kuala Lumpur as the world’s tallest building. They were built by Petroliam Nasional, Malaysia’s national oil company. The twin buildings stood 88-stories with 241-foot spires. They stood 29 feet taller than the Sears Building in Chicago, but would be eclipsed by the World Financial Center in Shanghai scheduled to open in 2000.
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1998
In Japan private certifying firms were allowed to sign off on new buildings to supplement public inspectors.
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1998
The new British National Library, designed by Colin St. John Wilson, was scheduled to open in 1997 but was delayed. A partial opening was scheduled for 1998 and full opening in 1999.
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1999 Jan 23
Jay Pritzker, founder of the Hyatt hotel chain, died at age 76. He was listed in 1998 as the 20th richest man in America and created the $100,000 Pritzker Architectural Prize in 1979.
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1999 Apr 11
In Los Angeles British architect Sir Norman Foster was named the winner of the 1999 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
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1999 Jun
The new British National Library, designed by Colin St. John Wilson, was scheduled to open in full by this time.
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1999 Jul 5
It was reported that Norman Nixon (57) of Sarasota, Fla., planned to build a live-at-sea Freedom Ship to house some 50,000 people. The project was estimated at $6 billion. As of 2008 he was still working on realizing his dream. He was also suing several people who fleeced his company out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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1999
Craig Williams helped launch Architects Without Borders in Santa Rosa, Ca. The non-profit int’l. humanitarian relief organization aimed to provide technical assistance for communities recovering from natural disasters, conflicts and chronic economic problems.
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1999
In Canada a 9-floor mausoleum condominium in Vancouver, with 4 of the floors underground, was scheduled to be completed by builder Alvin Mitchell. Theme floors for various religious groups would be included along with a roof top pyre with room for viewers.
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1999
Theodore Osmundson (d.2009 at 88), SF architect, authored “Roof Gardens: History, Design and Construction.” It became widely considered as the bible of roof gardening.
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2000 Jan 1
The $1.25 billion ($400 million) Millennium Dome at Greenwich, designed by Lord Richard Rogers, was built to inaugurate the millennium and provide an exhibition space for one year. The monograph "Richard Rogers; Complete Works, Volume One" was published in late 1999. The cable-stayed dome was suspended from 12 projecting masts. It failed expectations, but was reincarnated in 2007 as The O2, an all-purpose entertainment center.
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2000 Feb 19
Friedensreich Hundertwasser (b.1928), Austrian architect and artist, died. "If man walks in nature's midst, then he is nature's guest and must learn to behave as a well-brought-up guest," shortened a bit in popular literature to “You are a guest of Nature. Behave.”
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2000 Apr 15
Rem Koolhaas (56), Dutch architect, won the annual $100,000 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
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2000 Jun 10
In London the new $25 million Millennium Bridge, a 1,090 foot pedestrian suspension bridge over the Thames, opened. It soon closed due to a problem of excessive swaying. It was designed by Sir Norman Foster, sculptor Anthony Caro and the Arup engineering company. It reopened in 2002.
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2000 Jun 23
The new $250 million, 140,000-sq.-foot Experience Music Project opened in Seattle. It was funded by Paul G. Allen, designed by Frank Gehry and dedicated to the celebration of creativity in music.
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2000
Joseph Rykwert authored "The Seduction of Place," a look at the city of the future.
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